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Building Bridges Between Structural and Program Evaluation Approaches to Evaluating Policy

James J. Heckman

NBER Working Paper No. 16110
Issued in June 2010
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This paper compares the structural approach to economic policy analysis with the program evaluation approach. It offers a third way to do policy analysis that combines the best features of both approaches. We illustrate the value of this alternative approach by making the implicit economics of LATE explicit, thereby extending the interpretability and range of policy questions that LATE can answer.

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Published: James J. Heckman, 2010. "Building Bridges between Structural and Program Evaluation Approaches to Evaluating Policy," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 48(2), pages 356-98, June. citation courtesy of

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